Schools Find Success with Eighth Grade Algebra Program

Island educators say a new eighth grade algebra program prepares students for higher level math and brings the Island in line with other schools around the country. About 40 students are participating in the program.

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Giving the Gift of Education; Museum Receives Large Grant to Expand Programs
The Martha's Vineyard Museum has received a $500,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant. “Sometimes you ask for the moon, and you get it,” said museum executive director David Nathans.
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School Enrollment Continues to Rise

Enrollment is up this year at Island public schools, especially in Oak Bluffs which now sends the largest number of students to both its elementary school and the regional high school among the six Island towns.

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First Step Is Big Step on Path of Education

As a conversation unfolds across the country about the value of pre-kindergarten learning and whether it should be incorporated into public school education, similar conversations are quietly taking place here. The idea of universal preschool is expected to be up for discussion this year.

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Uneven MCAS Scores for Vineyard Schools
While holding their place across the board for strong academic achievement, Vineyard public schools turned in mixed scores this year on the MCAS exam with some schools showing new areas that need improvement, especially when it comes to improving proficiency among low income, non-English-speaking and special needs students.
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Vineyard Schoolchildren Give High Marks to Morgan Visit
Island students went on board the whaling ship and explored its nooks and crannies. In the blubber room below decks, the children gathered to hear a Mystic Seaport educator speak about what happens after a whale is captured.
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Getting Rid of The Talk, Starting a Conversation

There’s no such thing as the talk anymore. And the awkward puberty book — that’s gone too. A new sex education pilot program at the West Tisbury School emphasizes normalizing the conversation about sexual health.

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Superintendents Rekindle Idea of Single School District
At a talk sponsored by the League of Women Voters, former superintendent Peter Palches and current superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss spoke of the need to regionalize administrative functions in Island schools . Mr. Palches has asked the League to make a study of the issue.
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Yoga for Youngsters: West Tisbury School Pilot Program Begins
A six-week yoga pilot program aimed to expose students from kindergarten to eighth grade launched this month at the West Tisbury School. Students and teachers will be surveyed along the way to evaluate the new project.
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Overview of Nine Special Education Programs to Be Presented at Parent Meeting
The Island Parents Advisory Council on Special Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at the YMCA. Phil Campbell, director of student support services, will share plans for the Bridge and Project Headway programs along with Hope MacLeod, intensive needs specialist.
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